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2460 East County Road E
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: (651) 429-6172
Marlyce Lee

Marlyce Irene Lee (Asp)

Thursday, May 23rd, 1940 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Marlyce Irene (Asp) Lee
“Mrs. Wildwood”
Age 80
of Mahtomedi, MN
Passed away on June 26 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her condition was exacerbated by the stress and anxiety of the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is survived by her loving husband Don; sisters Carol Whalen and Marcia Johnson (Lew); brother Bill Asp; daughters Shereen Jensen (Dean) and Christiana Marietta (Bruce); 3 grandchildren and many people whose lives she touched through her music and love of books. Marlyce worked for the Washington County library system for over 31 years, including as branch manager when the “new” Wildwood branch library was built in 1990 in Mahtomedi. As a result, she may have been known to some of you as Mrs. Wildwood. She also spent more than 30 years as a church organist most recently at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church. Although she was strong in her Methodist faith, Marlyce enjoyed the opportunity to play in other churches no matter the religion. Marlyce was a people person who always had a story and a kind word for everyone. You may have met her buying milk at Tom Thumb in Willernie and bonded over a story about Sweden or relocating a mouse from the old library in Willernie to freedom in the park. You may remember her because she helped you with a research paper, explained how to cook Lutefisk or found you the perfect book at the library. You may remember seeing her as the Grand Marshal in Birchwood's 4th of July parade or you may have bought stamps from her when the Willernie post office was closed. She was a consummate librarian who loved her library patrons and found joy in seeing others enjoy reading and books. If you were homebound, she may have dropped off books at your home or assisted living facility. Her family was proud when November 21, 2009, was proclaimed Marlyce Lee day in Mahtomedi and Willernie in recognition of her retirement. Her music also touched many people. She might have passed on her love of music to you or your children while she was teaching Girl Scout or bible school songs, or while she was providing piano accompaniment for a music contest, choir rehearsal or Suzuki violin concert. For many years she was a volunteer coach for high school students, helping them prepare for and accompanying them at the state music contests. She worked hard to help these kids be the best they could be.

The family would like to thank the Hearth and South Gables teams at Waverly Gardens for caring for Marlyce for the past 2 years.

A private family interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, MN. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor.

A list of suggested charities are: (scroll to bottom of page and click on "Marlyce's PDF Memorial Program" below.


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White Bear Lake United Methodist Church

MN Historical Society

NE Youth and Family Services

MN Chorale

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

MN Orchestra

MN Opera

River Valley Girl Scouts

Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians

Wildwood Artist Series

American Guild of Organists Twin Cities Chapter

Lakeshore Players

Swedish Institute

Reading Partners Twin Cities -!/donation/checkout

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    Private Family Service
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    Pastor Bill Eaves
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    Fairview Cemetery
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Kris Andrea

Posted at 08:02pm
I remember the first day that I met Marlyce back on March 5, 2019 at the Hearth. When I walked into her room and saw the Swedish flag and all other things surrounding her on the walls of her room, I just knew that we would get along so very well, as I also am of Swedish descent. We both shared the love of books and music. I was so thrilled to tell her that I was a substitute handbell ringer for the group at the Methodist Church which is across the street from mine. I always looked forward to my time with her each week and hated to see it end on 3/17/2020 when restrictions at Waverly Gardens changed because of the virus. In her memory, I continued to do crossword puzzles every Tuesday as I remember our time together. I know how much she enjoyed when I took her down to Tuesday Hymn sing with Pastor Kyle. He was such a comfort to her. I wish I could remember her favorite hymn on those days. When I heard of her passing from one of my other clients, it was like a stab in the heart. I was happy for her that she was no longer in pain and was walking with her Lord but sad for the family. Marlyce was such a beautiful soul and will be missed by many. May your memories of her and her wonderful smile keep you all blessed nor and forever.

Kristina Tonseth

Posted at 03:26pm
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and wife. I have such fond memories of her growing up - always with a smile on her face ready to help. Her loving support of music, the Girl Scouts and community is a legacy that will not be matched. She was part of our nephew Matthew Epland's achieving his Eagle Scout award with his special project at the Mahtomedi Library. My girls and all their friends knew who to go to if they needed research materials or books - always was to to the expert - Mrs. Lee. May your precious memories give you comfort. "When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure". Mrs. Lee is a treasure that touched many lives. Our heart goes out to you at this time.
Love - Kristina (Kris Roan), Don, Krystal and Hannah Tonseth

Laura Carlson

Posted at 07:50am
Marlyce, Thinking of you fondly as you helped watch my daughter during handbell practice at Peace Church as she was a friend of your grandson and about the same age. This helped me practice assured that she was well cared for and had time with her friend. When you joined in on the organ playing Hallelujah for the Christmas concert that was over the top ;-) My mother also had Parkinson's so I know your journey was a difficult one and I wish you peace and Thank You.

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